Rodney J. Godfrey, 47, of Braselton, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, as the result of a fatal automobile accident caused by a wrong way drunk driver in Cobb County.
Born in Ducktown, Tenn., he was the son of Sylva Talley Godfrey and the late James Tommy Godfrey of Blue Ridge. He was preceded in death by a son, Eric James Godfrey.
After graduating from Fannin County High School, he joined the Navy and served our country for six years. After leaving the Navy, he worked in the Washington, D.C., area for the Department of Defense for several years. At the time of his death, Rod was employed with Gwinnett County as a Certified Environmental Trainer in the Public Utilities Division. He was an active member of Zion Baptist Church in Braselton and loved teaching the children through their “252 basics children’s ministry.”
He was a member of Rockwell Lodge #191, Free and Accepted Masons in Hoschton, as well as the Gwinnett Shrine Club, and a member of Yaarab Temple in Atlanta.
He had been involved with the Jackson County 4H Club as a parent volunteer for the last several years. He was also the Jackson County 4-H archery coach. In 2006 and 2007 he led the Jr. and Sr. Archers from Jackson County to take 3rd place in the State Meet held at Rock Eagle.
Rod was also a very active member of the JCCHS Band Parent Booster Club. He was their president at the time of his untimely death.
Survivors include his wife, Clare Godfrey, Braselton; son, Jacob D. Godfrey, 12, Braselton; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Marvin Verner, Blue Ridge; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Kathy Godfrey, Blue Ridge, and Ricky and Linda Godfrey, Dawsonville.
A memorial service celebrating Rod’s life will be held Saturday, October 11, at 10 a.m., at Zion Baptist Church, 2001 Cherry Dr., Braselton, GA.